The Anaheim Ducks announced during warm-ups for Game 5 that Rickard Rakell will not play because of a lower-body injury.
With this series between the Ducks and Predators tied 2-2, that’s a significant loss for Anaheim.
In 15 playoff games this spring, Rakell has seven goals and 13 points, and was on a three-game point streak. He also had a career best 33 goals and 51 points during the regular season. That’s a key offensive player out of the lineup.
Nashville was already going to be without its top center Ryan Johansen for this game and the remainder of the playoffs.